Celebrate Earth Day with Nature Inspired Art and Accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

Happy Earth Day! Today is the PERFECT day to share the beautiful, nature-inspired and animal-friendly art and accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

If you’re anything like me, you truly love nature! From the ocean to the forests, to the mountains. I’ve lived in and have loved them all! My admiration of nature and animals are reflected in my personal style and home. These items from Rainbowgrove Dreams fit my aesthetics and ethics perfectly and you will LOVE them too!

I’ve wanted to work with this company for quite some time! Laura, the founder of Rainbowgrove Dreams, aims to educate and ultimately change the world, just like me!

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a beautifully curated collection of unique accessories, art, and home decor items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and showcases the exquisite world around us! This wonderful company gives back to exemplary organizations like Mercy For Animals and Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary.

I truly appreciate a company that offers special items and supports worthy causes. It shows that their heart is in the right place! Alright, let’s get into the review!

Company: Rainbowgrove Dreams

Products

Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art

Casual Messenger Bag (Blue)

Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green)

Reviews:

 

To kick off this review, I’m starting with the item that just so happens to be one of my favorite art pieces of all time! The Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art is a stunning print on canvas that I could stare at for hours! The vibrant magenta and purple hues of the flowering fields pop against the dreamy, cloudy sky! I love art that gives you the ability to add your own personal flair to it. This item comes with 5 individual canvases that you can arrange as you see in the picture or any way you like! This is definitely a conversation piece that brings the beauty of nature into your home!

Next up, is the Casual Messenger Bag (Blue) by Amelie Galanti. This bag is perfect for just about every outfit and is very high quality. The faux leather has a glossy finish and the texture of actual leather. It has dark chrome hardware and multiple pockets and compartments to fit all of your belongings! It comes with a shoulder strap and a long cross-body strap so it can be styled to meet your needs. This bag is built to last, made with animal-friendly materials, and is the perfect everyday accessory!

Last up, is the Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green) that may just be the cutest wallet on the planet! This tri-fold wallet features an adorable, vintage-inspired floral pattern and high quality faux leather-esque material. It is large enough to fit all of your cards, bills, coins, and even your cell phone. This could even double as a clutch to add some springtime flair to your outfit! The inside is a pretty pink faux leather material with a sateen floral material inside the pockets. If you love vintage style, vegan accessories, or are just looking for a new item for the warmer weather, this wallet is it!

The Bottom Line

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a fabulous shop that offers special items that are anything but ordinary! The materials used are vegan and made to mirror the beauty of nature and the world around us. These items are gorgeous and of excellent quality, but most of all, they do not use leather and they are used to support fantastic organizations that make the world a better place for everyone.

This Earth Day, head on over to Rainbowgrove Dreams and check out all of the fabulous items that they have to offer!

 

*Special thanks to my sister for modeling!*

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2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

SoapBox Soaps – Buy 1 Item and 2 Bar Soaps Will Be Donated to a Person in Need! *Discount Code is Below!

Company: Soapbox Soaps

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Reviews:

Hello, again! I’m back and so excited to share my reviews of these amazing Soapbox Soaps products!  As always, if you want quick information about these products (and an exclusive discount code) along with this company’s amazing mission, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post! Ok, let’s get into it!

I don’t know about you, but I get pretty stressed throughout the week and I rely on shower time to relax and to collect my thoughts. I’ll tell you right now, these products have such soothing, spa-like fragrances, I have been looking forward to shower time more than usual lately!

The Sea Minerals & Blue Iris Body Wash has a creamy formula that lathers up nicely with just a small amount of product (Hooray for value!). It rinses easily and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. The fragrance is a refreshing blend of ocean-inspired scents and floral notes. It is absolutely fantastic and I would wear this as a perfume if I could!

The Bamboo Strength and Body Shampoo contains aloe and shea butter to moisturize and bamboo extract to strengthen hair and bring back its elasticity to reduce breakage. Just like the body wash, you only need a small amount of this shampoo, since it works into a rich lather and easily rinses clean. It thoroughly cleanses your locks without stripping it of moisture.

The Bamboo Strength and Body Conditioner also contains aloe and shea butter to hydrate, bamboo extract to retain moisture and strengthen your strands. The consistency of this conditioner is pretty thick, and  I actually needed to use much less of this product than I do with other conditioners. It easily distributes through hair, and is thick enough to stay put while you take care of the rest of your shower routine. It detangled my hair while giving it weightless moisture. I am very happy to report that my hair looked clean, shiny, manageable, and full of body after using these two products. My curls looked and smelled fantastic!The fragrance is so unique and refreshing, its actually quite addicting! I find myself smell

After using the Bamboo Shampoo and Conditioner, I am very happy to report that my hair looked clean, shiny, manageable, and full of body. This is no easy task because my hair is typically dry and wild, so I am impressed! The fragrance is so unique and refreshing, it is actually quite addicting! I find myself smelling my hair throughout the day, it is that nice!

The Vanilla & Lily Blossom Liquid Hand Soap smells like a bouquet of sweet flowers and contains aloe and shea butter to moisture. This soap leaves your skin feeling soft, clean, and lightly fragranced. It has a creamy consistency and works into a rich lather to gently wash away impurities. Gorgeous!

Last but definitely not least, the Citrus & Peach Rose Bar Soap has perhaps my favorite scent of all! The delicious blend of citrus and floral is fresh and unique. This bar soap not only cleanses your skin, it uplifts your spirits and calms your mind! Olive oil and shea butter provide hydration while you cleanse and your skin is left renewed and delightfully fragranced. This little soap is a powerhouse!

The Bottom Line

Soapbox Soaps makes incredible vegan and cruelty-free products with spa-like fragrances that leave your skin and hair feeling soft, clean, and healthy. Their products are luxurious yet the prices are very affordable. I could easily see them doubling their prices, and still being extremely successful!

Besides the excellent quality of these products, and perhaps best of all, Soapbox Soaps donates a bar soap to people in need with every purchase. I am thrilled to be working with them to reach their tremendous milestone of donating 3 MILLION BAR SOAPS!

When you use code “vthSbS3M”, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and they will double their donations and donate 2 bar soaps to people in need, either locally or abroad. How amazing is that?!

After you order and receive your products, you will see that there is a unique  “Hope Code” that you can enter at soapboxsoaps.com/hope to “see where and how you purchase impacts another life.”

To recap, the Bamboo Strength and Body Shampoo and Conditioner are just what your hair needs to build strength while feeling moisturized and manageable. If it can hydrate my dry curls and decrease my frizz, I am confident it will work for just about everyone. The body wash is truly luxurious and makes you feel renewed and reenergized. The hand soap is high quality and adds a fresh floral bouquet to your hygiene routine. The bar soap is truly one of the best bar soaps out there. It lathers up easily and leaves behind an absolutely gorgeous and unique citrusy floral scent.

I cannot express how wonderful these products are and how fantastic it is that this company is helping so many people! Can you imagine not being able to use soap to get clean? Its something that many people have to deal with and Soapbox Soaps is making a huge difference! Soap truly is life changing!

Please head on over to their website to make a purchase. Don’t forget to use code “vthSbS3M” for 10% off and double donations!

Thank you, Soapbox Soaps, for sending me these products to review! You will get to your 3 millionth donation in no time!!!

Panda Paw – Cute Items for a Great Cause!

Organization: Panda Paw

“Our passion for pandas was ignited when we first saw them at the San Diego Zoo. Someday, we want our children to share that same spark. But with under 2,000 pandas left in the wild – we asked ourselves how could we help? Panda Paw was founded in 2016 to help #savethepandas”

Our goal is to design clothing that makes you look amazing while supporting the conservation of the beloved giant panda. We donate 10% of proceeds to pandasinternational.org. Feel free to shoot us an email! info@pandapaw.co”

Review:

I was so thrilled to be contacted by Panda Paw about becoming an Ambassador! Anytime that I can help protect animals, you know I’m down!

10% of proceeds go to Pandas International, a non-profit whose mission is to “ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda.” Sounds great to me!  

I ordered Panda Paws’ Black Panda Hat. I’ve been on a hat kick lately, so why not get this one? It’s cute, casual, and has a little panda face on the front. What’s not to love?

The hat is one-size-fits-all and adjustable. It has the Panda Paws logo on the back, so whenever people watch you walk away (you know they’re checking you out after all those squats you do!) they’ll see it and hopefully check out the Panda Paw website.

They also have some REALLY cute tops that I plan to pick up soon, and a rose gold bamboo ring (currently pre-order only) that’s adorable!

The Bottom Line

Panda Paws offers high-quality items and donates a portion of their proceeds towards a great cause. With so few Giant Pandas left, we need more companies like this one! Head on over to their website to pick up this hat, or one of their adorable shirts to help the Giant Pandas!

Thank you, Panda Paw, for accepting me a Brand Ambassador! If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador, head on over to their site!

 

Stickers For Animals Review – Simple Activism That Anyone Can Do!

Company: Stickers For Animals

“10% of proceeds donated to animal protection non-profits”

“Printed on 100% recycled material”

Review:

Do you want a simple and effective way to educate people about the animal products that they are at the store to buy?

These activism stickers from Stickers For Animals have great information and pack a punch! I was sent the #DitchDairy stickers, which are perfect to stick on milk containers, cheese or other dairy products at the store.

Stickers For Animals has 20 sticker designs addressing different aspects of veganism and animal use which can be put just about anywhere to remind and inform people of what they are actually paying for with their money. Reminding people that with that carton of milk or package of meat, they are funding the torture and slaughter of innocent animals.

Generally, people choose not to think about how their food gets to their plate, but these stickers give them a quick wake up call. Activism at it’s finest!

The Bottom Line

Stickers For Animals makes activism simple and possible for everyone that wants to make a difference. If you are able to put a sticker on something, you are able to start standing up for animals! Gone are the days of having to be the “preachy vegan”! Just put a sticker on it!

These stickers are great conversation starters, not to mention they’re made of 100% recycled materials so they’re great for the earth as well! Stick them on products, in restaurants and stores… anywhere that could use some Animal Rights info!

I highly recommend these stickers to anybody that wants to speak up for animals!

 

Organic Living Superfoods Sprouted Snacks Review

Company: Organic Living Superfoods

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Products:

Life's Nuts Flavored Sprouted Nuts:

Pizzalmonds

Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews

Salt and Vinegar Almonds

TCG Cashews

Cinnamon Pecans

Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts

Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch

Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch

Reviews:

I'm going to start with my favorite, the Pizzalmonds! It seriously tastes like pizza! Sundried tomatoes, basil, dates and bell pepper combine to make a delicious and healthy alternative to actual pizza. Honestly, these taste amazing and I'm super impressed!

The Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews are another healthy replacement to the otherwise extremely unhealthy buffalo wings with ranch sauce. I must admit before I turned vegan many years ago, I did enjoy some wings and ranch. Of course, now, I enjoy the plant-based variety, so I was psyched to try these! The Buffalo almonds have a mild spicy kick while the ranch almonds add oniony and zesty flavor. Another winner!

The Salt and Vinegar Almonds have the signature taste of their distant junk food cousins, the Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips. Salt amplifies the pleasant sourness of the vinegar and nuttiness of the crunchy, sprouted almonds. While you're eating these, it's hard to remember they're raw, vegan, gluten-free and actually good for you!

The TCG Cashews (Turmeric, Cayenne, & Ginger) were the spiciest in my opinion and had a very unique flavor profile. The cayenne and ginger definitely gave it a kick that lingered and burned for while! These ingredients are anti-inflammatory and take these sprouted cashews to the next level!

If you're looking for something sweet but know you probably shouldn't down a whole box of Snickerdoodles, try the Cinnamon Pecans! The nuts are full of protein and minerals, and with the subtle sweetness from dates and cinnamon, these are the perfect snack to quiet your evil little sweet tooth!

The Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts are truly a tropical treat! Shredded coconut and dates add sweetness to crunchy macadamias. They're absolute Perfection!

The Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch is yet another one of my favs! Sprouted cashews and macadamias add crunch and protein while Baobab adds vitamin C and antioxidants. What the heck is baobab? Baobab is a superfruit that grows in Africa and helps with energy production and immune support. To make it even healthier, blueberries are added to the mix for a fruity and satisfying snack!

Last but not least, the Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch is a fabulous combination of raw cacao, vanilla, dates, cashews, and Brazil nuts that is guaranteed to kill your cravings! Got a chocolate addiction but want a healthier option? Try this!

The Bottom Line

Sprouted, raw, vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, Paleo… these aren't words that you may automatically associate with delicious snacks, but Organic Living Foods has done an INCREDIBLE job creating snacks that not only taste fantastic but are truly healthy and nutrient dense!

The nuts are soaked in "triple-filtered water to activate live enzymes" and then dehydrated "at very low temperatures to protect the integrity of their vital nutrients." With that level of care and detail, these snacks are a must-try! They are suitable for just about every diet and there is bound to be something for everyone!

I highly recommend these products to anyone looking for healthy snacks with great flavor (who isn't?!). Don't just take my word for it! They have sampler packs for sale so you can try all of these out for yourself!

Thank you, Organic Living Superfoods, for sending me these products to review!

Soothing Sloth Bath Bomb Reviews

Company: Soothing Sloth Soap Co.

Products:

Hey Girl Bath Bomb

Frootylicious Bath Bomb

Hello Lover Bath Bomb

Sunset Sorbet Bath Bomb

Reviews:

If you love pretty floral fragrances, you'll love the Hey Girl Bath Bomb! It slowly fizzes around your bath while turning the water a gorgeous and shimmery light pink shade while making your bathroom smell like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers thanks to gardenia, cherry blossom and cedar wood. It leaves the scent behind on your skin so you can even skip perfume!

The Frootylicious Bath Bomb smells like candy and is a fun, energizing way to take a bath! It's sweet fruity fragrance lingers on the skin long after your bath is over. Berries, white tea and ginger combine to creates unique scent while Kaolin clay and coconut oil moisturize and purify the skin.



The Hello Lover Bath Bomb has a sweet and sexy scent and turns your bath water into a deep sapphire blue shade. I soaked in the bath for a long time and felt like I was floating in the ocean at sunset. This scent reminded me of something but I couldn't put my finger on it. After the bath, my boyfriend said it reminded him of Love Spell, and gosh darn it, he was right! It smells very reminiscent of Victoria's Secret signature Love Spell scent, without all of the chemicals and unnecessary junk. Lavender essential oil helps you to unwind while coconut oil softens your skin. You will love this one!

The Sunset Sorbet Bath Bomb's scent is as bright as the sun with its citrusy notes and vibrant colors. Lemongrass essential oil, kaolin clay and coconut oil are the star ingredients of this little show stopper. It slowly fizzes in the tub and creates swirls of yellow, orange and pink. It really looks like a picturesque sunset that you could spend hours looking at!

The Bottom Line

Besides the awesome name, Soothing Sloth Soap Co. creates fabulously scented bath bombs that completely transform your bath water and transports your senses. They are carefully handmade in Cleveland with surfactants that are much milder than other big competitors like Lush. This makes them suitable for children and much less likely to cause skin irritation (Yay!). Kaolin clay detoxes and purifies the skin while coconut oil naturally hydrates, so you get clean and deliciously fragranced skin!

I wish blogs were "Scratch and Sniff" because these bath bombs are so fragrant and beautiful they have definitely become one of my favorite brands (and I've tested a lot of bath bombs!). I will absolutely be including them in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide, so stay tuned for that!

I highly recommend these products to anyone looking for bath bombs that are fun, high quality, and suitable for all skin types! Be sure to stop by their website to check out these bath bombs and their new skin care products. You'll be glad you did!

Thank you, Soothing Sloth Soap Co., for sending me these amazing bath bombs to review!

Plaine Products – Natural Vegan Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash Reviews with Discount Code

Company: Plaine Products

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Products:

Shampoo (16 fl. oz. / 500 ml)

Conditioner (16 fl. oz. / 500 ml)

Body Wash (16 fl. oz. / 500 ml)

Reviews:

Ok, so I enjoy 98% of the products that I review, for one reason or another. Then…along came Plaine Products! I'm in love!

Their recycling program is a stroke of genius and really sets the bar for other companies to follow. Alright, let's jump right into the reviews!

Plaine Products come in sleek and sturdy aluminum bottles that are recycled after each use. It's simple. If you want to order more products, you simply visit their website and order some! When the new products arrive, you send back your old, empty bottles in the box your shipment came in, along with the shipping label that is included (so shipping back your bottles is FREE!). Plaine Products will refill and reuse your empty bottles. How cool is that?!

You can sign up for subscription services, so you never have to worry about running out of products, or you can order them as you need them. This eliminates all of the plastic waste that you would have accumulated if you were buying standard bath and body products.

Did you know that plastic virtually NEVER breaks down? It just collects in landfills, in our oceans, and in our environment. Think about that. That shampoo bottle that you used 15 years ago and haven't thought about since is polluting the earth somewhere. Doesn't make much sense, does it?

Ok, now we know that Plaine Products has a revolutionary recycling program that will help cut down on a tremendous amount of plastic waste, but how are the actual products?

The Shampoo is free of synthetic fragrances and dyes, petrochemicals, parabens, and sulfates. It is suitable for all hair types and is vegan and cruelty-free (of course!). The scent is a refreshing blend of rosemary, vanilla, and mint. It is herbal, sweet, and invigorating… it's pretty perfect in my humble opinion! The formula of this shampoo is thin, which makes it lather up and rinse out quickly. This shampoo left my hair feeling clean, soft, and noticeably shinier. That is really saying something because my hair is naturally curly and bleached, and just generally begs for help and hydration.

The formulation of the Conditioner is also a thin consistency, with the same fabulous Rosemary, Vanilla, and Mint fragrance. The star ingredients include Aloe, Sunflower and Jojoba Seed Oils, along with Shea and Mango butters.  I was a little worried that this conditioner wouldn't moisturize or detangle my hair enough because I am used to using heavy conditioners and hair masks. However, this conditioner is pretty awesome! It worked through my hair easily and actually lathered up a bit. It reminded me of a conditioning cleanser, which would be perfect for people that do not want to shampoo their hair frequently or have extremely dry locks. In combination with the shampoo, my hair was shiny, manageable, and smelled gorgeous!

The Body Wash has the same signature scent as the other 2 products. It lathered up easily and truly felt luxurious! My skin was left feeling soft and clean with a subtle fragrance. Coconut and Safflower Seed Oils, Vitamin E, Bamboo Silk, and Green Tea are just a few of the all organic, non-GMO ingredients that nourish and hydrate the skin. I just love natural products, they really are the best!

The Bottom Line 

I can't say enough good things about this company. Their mission to reduce plastic waste while giving customers healthy, vegan and cruelty-free products is absolutely inspiring! The products themselves make you feel like you're being pampered at a 5-star spa! Your hair will be clean, soft, shiny and manageable. Your skin will feel refreshed and nourished with just a hint of a sweet, minty fragrance.

You really can't go wrong with these products! You will help the environment and animals while taking care of your skin and hair. On top of all of that, these products are delivered right to your door! It doesn't get any better than that!

Head on over to their website to check out their subscription options! Use code "VTH" for 20% off of your order, and me me know how you like the products!

Thank you, Plaine Products, for sending me these fabulous products to review!

 

 

 

 

LoveBud Tinted Lip Budders Review

Company: Lovebud

Products: Tinted Lip Budders $6.00 USD each

I was so excited to try out these Tinted Lip Budders from Lovebud! I love tinted lip balms, especially for the summer! These bad boys are hydrating and super smooth on the lips! Hooray for not getting your hair stuck in your lipgloss every time the wind blows!

These Lip Budders contain hemp seed oil, a "natural anti-aging superfood for your skin." My lips were noticeably softer after using these.

I'm wearing the Pink Candy shade in the picture below, but I like them all. Pink Champagne is a nice, pale pink shimmer that looks great alone or on top of other lip products. I know I'll be wearing Plushberry a lot this Fall. It is the perfect berry shade!

The Bottom Line

I love these Lip Budders! They're vegan and cruelty free (obviously) and truly nourish your lips while giving them a sheer wash of color. Head on over to their website and check out all of their hemp seed oil infused products!

Thank you, Lovebud, for sending me these products to review!

ILLUMA Cosmetics – Face Serum and Eye Shadow Reviews

Company: Illuma Cosmetics

Products:

Ink Matte Eye Pan $10.00 USD

Vegan Algae Serum (2 oz.) $48.00 USD

Reviews:

The Ink Matte Eye Pan is a navy blue eye shadow that can be used all over the lid or as a liner. When applied with a dry brush, the color is very sheer (see the top swatch), and can be used to create a light smokey eye. When applied with a wet brush as I did in the middle swatch, the color is much more intense. The bottom swatch was done with a wet liner brush.

I love using a dark blue shade as a liner instead of the same old black liners. It really defines and brightens the eye. When applied wet, this shadow has great staying power, but I recommend using a primer like I do with all shadows.

The Vegan Algae Serum is a light organic serum made for all skin types. The star ingredients include blue green algae extract, white willow bark extract, vitamin E and aloe vera leaf juice. It is made to reduce inflammation and redness, while tightening and brightening the skin. It can be used under moisturizer or added to oils or creams.

When used alone on bare skin, this serum can become a little tacky. I preferred to mix this serum into my face moisturizer which added skin loving nutrients to my routine and got rid of the stickiness. This serum made my skin feel tighter and helped to calm the redness in my cheeks.

The Bottom Line

ILLUMA Cosmetics creates organic, vegan and cruelty free products that are made to enhance everyone's natural beauty. The eye shadow is fantastic when used wet. The face serum is packed with nourishing ingredients that can improve anyone and everyone's skincare routine! Follow ILLUMA Cosmetics on Instagram @illumabeauty and check out their products!

Thank you, ILLUMA Cosmetics, for sending me these products to review!